Gala 2019

March 9, 2019!

Please Join Us Many histories. One future.

Our theme, "Many histories. One future." will illustrate the common hopes and desires of everyone in our human family. We all have diverse histories and family stories, but are all traveling on the same path together, with many shared hopes and dreams. By partnering with CFC, you make possible a future where the poor and most vulnerable in our community can reach their full human potential.

Our 2019 Gala will be held on March 9, 2019 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Tickets are available now! For more information or to order via phone please call (585) 262-7172 for more details.


  • A joyful celebration of our diverse heritage
  • Delicious food and libations fitting of a wonderful “One future.”
  • Presentation of Partners in Philanthropy Awards and our special Spirit of Hope Award.
  • A live auction including travel packages, sports and family activities, art and much more
  • The area’s most unique silent auction
  • Music, dancing, and entertainment throughout the evening

Our Special Honorees

Join us as we honor Mark and Maureen Davitt, Jim and Mary Ann Philippone, and John and Kathy Purcell with our Partner in Philanthropy Award for the life changing gifts each made during our Centennial Celebration year.

We will honor Mike and Judy Goonan with our Spirit of Hope Award – given to those who generously donate their time and talent to Catholic Family Center, helping to make our community a better place.

Auction Items Sneak Peek Make your plan to bring home one of these items today!

Shhhhh! We are happy to provide you with an early look at our Live and Silent auction items. Make your plan to win your favorite(s) today!

Silent Auction

Our silent auction will be ready for review and early bidding approximately a week before our Gala on March 9. You do not need to be present to win! (Instructions for viewing will be included in your online purchase confirmation email. Call Brigid at (585) 262-7172 with any questions.)

To help sponsor our silent auction, visit our Amazon registry, or visit A Different Point of View at 2920 Monroe Avenue. Let the store associate know you are shopping for the CFC Gala, and they will be happy to help you.

Live Auction

This year, we will be having a Live Auction Lottery! Here is your chance to go home with a great prize, for just $100. Only 100 tickets will be sold for a special drawing taking place before bidding starts. The winner gets to take their Live Auction item of choice off the auction block. Choose from great trips, experiences, and more! With tickets limited to 100, your chances for a wonderfully-valued experience are great - get yours today!

You may purchase your raffle ticket(s) when you purchase your guest tickets online to our Gala, or by calling Brigid at (585) 262-7172.

We are grateful to our donors for offering the following experiences for you to enjoy while donating much needed funds to support Catholic Family Center programs and services. More items are being added every day as we get ready for our Gala. Come back often for more treasures and experiences to consider!

A boat for a sailor

Ever wanted to be a boat owner? A sailor? A pirate? A generous family is donating a 20' Bayliner Capri family power boat with a highly desirable Alpha 1 Mercury Mercruiser 135 Horsepower engine. Donation includes full canvas, bow and canopy which are new in addition to the trailer. With just 5 hours operating/ water time, for all intents and purposes, this is a NEW BOAT! The family can provide all documentation (manuals, receipts etc…) “My Grandfather saved everything!”

Jazz up your June with music and fine dining

Enjoy nine days of music at the 2019 Rochester International Jazz Festival in style with this exciting package. This year’s festival is June 21-29, and there will be 220+ club pass shows. This package includes:

  • 2 Nine Day Club Passes
  • 2 Tickets to one of the headliner shows at the Eastman Theatre
  • Overnight stay and breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn on Main Street
  • $100 Gift Card to Char at the Strathallan
  • $100 Gift Card to Morton's

A Capitol Experience

Tour the US Capitol and have lunch with the Rochester area’s new Congressman, Joe Morelle. The Congressman will personally take up to four people on a tour of the Capitol and treat you to lunch in the House Members’ dining room. The package also includes:

  • Passes for a tour of the White House
  • A $250 gift card for Theatreland, a site that lets you explore and purchase tickets for many theatrical, musical, and comedy events in DC.
  • Lodging assistance will also be included – check back for more details!

Be part of the LIVE with Kelly & Ryan Studio Audience

  • Travel to NYC to be part of the studio audience for Live with Kelly and Ryan
  • Stay overnight to enjoy more of the NYC experience!
  • Enjoy a fine meal at your choice of any of the Union Square Hospitality Group’s fine restaurant
  • Other NYC fun details to come!
© Disney-ABC [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

More items to be added soon - come back for more inspiration and details!

Sponsorship Opportunities There are many ways to support our Gala fundraising efforts, large and small.

This year, for the first time, we are excited to have established gift registries for our silent auction. Help us make 2019 the best gala yet!

To help sponsor our silent auction, visit our Amazon registry, or visit A Different Point of View at 2920 Monroe Avenue. Let the store associate know you are shopping for the CFC Gala, and they will be happy to help you.

NAMED SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES are available, as well! Please contact Brigid Ryan at (585) 262-7172 to discuss options today!

Our Partner Program provides an opportunity for organizations, families and individuals to help Catholic Family Center meet the challenges that lie ahead for us and to formally recognize your support. By partnering with CFC, you become entitled to benefits that can help foster recognition for your business, your customers and others. In addition to tickets to the Gala, your partnership will provide you with the opportunity to meet other community leaders. Your contribution to Catholic Family Center is an investment in your community and in your organization.

View the Sponsorship Opportunities Partner Program Packet


Purchase sponsorships online

Directions Everything you need to know to get to the Gala


Purchase Tickets Proceeds benefit people in crisis served by Catholic Family Center.


Thank you to all of our generous sponsors

CFC Events

Join the movement and bring hope to so many

Average Attendance
Since 2014
Empty Bowls Partner
Providing the most vulnerable with hope